De·prive v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deprived p. pr. & vb. n. Depriving.]
1. To take away; to put an end; to destroy. [Obs.]
'Tis honor to deprive dishonored life. --Shak.
2. To dispossess; to bereave; to divest; to hinder from possessing; to debar; to shut out from; -- with a remoter object, usually preceded by of.
God hath deprived her of wisdom. --Job xxxix. 17.
It was seldom that anger deprived him of power over himself. --Macaulay.
3. To divest of office; to depose; to dispossess of dignity, especially ecclesiastical.
A minister deprived for inconformity. --Bacon.
Syn: -- To strip; despoil; rob; abridge.
adj : marked by deprivation especially of the necessities of life
or healthful environmental influences; "a childhood
that was unhappy and deprived, the family living off
charity"; "boys from a deprived environment, wherein
the family life revealed a pattern of neglect, moral
degradation, and disregard for law" [syn: disadvantaged]